Oak Tree lined Kellogg Avenue
After an a hour of discussion and a unanimous "advisory" vote (1 abstention) of the Amherst Public Shade Tree Committee to deny the Unitarian Universalist Society Church petition to remove the 36" wide majestic pin oak on Kellogg Avenue, Tree Warden Alan Snow agreed the healthy towering tree should not come down. Yet.
All American Tree Warden Alan Snow
In a compromise hatched at the meeting the church has agreed to undertake extra construction techniques -- that Snow estimates costs only around $2,000 -- to protect the roots of the tree that are on church property.
Over 40 citizens show up for the Public Hearing, the most ever according to Tree Warden Snow
The cost to the Church in the form of a "fine" by the Tree Warden for removing a healthy tree (had he given them permission) in the town way is $3,200 in replacement costs, so in the long run this could prove to be a more cost effective solution.
Plus, avoiding that other considerable cost in bad press should the tree suddenly become firewood.
Church Attorney Alan Seewald played the "liability" threat card, but in a nice way
One speaker for the Church did acknowledge Public Relations nosedived leading up to this meeting.
Although the $100,000 the Church is requesting from Amherst Town Meeting next month in grant funding to rehab a Tiffany stained glass window never came up, it's safe to assume it was on people's minds.
Carol Cave, President Church Board of Trustees, addressses the Tree Warden
Spending a few thousand dollars now in a "good faith" effort to save the tree, will most certainly buy them votes on the floor of Amherst Town Meeting.